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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Allyson Packer at Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe NM

Stop Crying, Allyson Packer at Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe NM. 

You may have noticed, but if not, I have featured my friend, Allyson Packer, on and off, over the years I have known her. I really enjoy her work, the ideas and thought she puts in. On occasion I would show up and photograph her work, unofficially, it tended to be performance based visual conceptual work, if that isn't a genre of art, it should be. I do wonder though if documenting such types of work sometimes takes away some meaning from it all, as like, Stop Crying, at Axle Contemporary's mobile art gallery, was very in the now, and photographing something that is about presence, doesn't quite translate. Translation or no, I mostly did it because I like capturing those types of moments, particular of a friend that I respected her work. I have missed documenting a few of Allyson's similar works/performances, for example, one where I forgot my camera, but realized that it was mostly in the dark anyway, so needless to say, I would have ruined the ambiance with a flash. And one on a billboard, that I wasn't aware of till after the fact. But I also wanted to be a part of this one, mostly because it is Allyson's last show in New Mexico, at least for a while, as she goes to the midwest to advance her career, and I will dearly miss her presence as well as her art. I hope you can glean some of the enjoyment myself and others experienced from this small article, it surely was. I'm sure she will have more up on her website in the near future.

From the show, "Allyson Packer's performance Stop Crying will enlist the help of viewers to create a laugh track to be played as a sound installation in the Railyard. During the performance, Packer will work one-on-one with viewers to elicit and record the sound of their laughter. Immediately following each encounter, the new recording will be added to an audio track containing laughter from previous participants. As it grows over the course of the performance, the resulting laugh track will be played outside Axle in the Railyard. Packer's performance art explores vulnerability as a form of agency, and how removing boundaries can affect the balance of power in interpersonal politics."

Check out Allyson's work at and as check out Axle Contemporary at

Allyson elsewhere, Studio Club

As always, thank you for reading.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fountain Fun Liquid Nitrogen

After closing hours at work the other day it was decided to pour the excess liquid nitrogen into the fountain, which isn't uncommon, however this time it was poured from the upstairs balcony. Check it out, I slapped together this animated gif for some fountain fun.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

From my book of marks

Mark making, I am not sure why I started this sketchbook exactly, but I felt like it was some kind of algorithm for possible future  works.

Friday, May 2, 2014

New Ink

Making a fine line is hard, this should do the trick. Now, I just hope Copic's replaceable nib holds up to the abuse of drawing over watercolor.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recent work, watercolor

Attempting a more close version of thought.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Recent work, watercolor

Needs a little flattening out but I may tweak it a bit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Encaustic Techniques and Information

Looking for help with encaustic, I have received a few emails about where to find it on my website. It's on another page, this is my blog, you can read all sorts of  articles here, but! if you need to know proper temps., how to make the medium, or just wondering about an assortments of tools and what-not >> Click on the link, "Encaustic Resources," at the right, or copy and paste this into your address bar

Happy waxing :) 


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tugging on Motivation

Recently some items came back to me after a long absence, they were living in a far away land, one known as Indiana. But now I have them, and most particular to why I am writing, other than the fact that I have not written in a long while, amongst these items were a few books that motivated me, at least when I first got them, to tap further into my ideas, my art. 

The environment, as a whole, has always been at the core of my work, but I have focused a lot on bird and plant life, color, and visual textures. Not that I want to stop with that focus, but I feel a need to explore more of the whole. Also since I treat medium and subject connectively, some subjects lean more to a specific medium than the other, and that sometimes leaves one medium feeling neglected.

I have been trying to get back into the studio, so to speak, the only studio I ever had was through the university where I received my graduate degree, but anyway that is another story... I have been trying to get back to work with more land based, the, "whole," type pieces, more documentation of encaustic as a medium, and well, just to make art in general. Which brings me back to the books. I thought I would share a few images with you that I found to pull at my motivation a little bit. One book is on Indiana geology from 1881, I was attracted to the plates, which include around sixty of them. I have always admired the graphic and design quality, especially with this subject matter.
And from a two volume, 3008 page picture dictionary, where there are endless images to glean ideas from, including odd things I would never relate to a word. And lastly, a book on insects.

As always, thank you for reading.

Friday, April 19, 2013

some of..., My Plants Took Over

Well, this winter my plants took over my work space, at least the ones that live on the porch for the summer, makes it hard to get started. Hopefully they will be on the way out of doors soon.

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